Prithviraj Chavan Biography Profile Political Career Personal Life Photos

This article gives complete information on Prithviraj Chavan, the front-runner for the post of new Chief Minister of Maharashtra and updates of whether Prithiviraj Chavan will be new Maharashtra CM.

With the resignation of Ashok Chavan, Maharashtra will have a new Chief Minister by tonight/tomorrow morning.

One of the potential candidates for the post of the new Chief Minister of Maharashtra is Prithviraj Chavan of the Indian National Congress party. Currently Prithiviraj Chavan is the Minister of State for various Ministries, including the Ministry of Science & Technology, Ministry of Earth Sciences, Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, and also in charge of the Prime Minister's Office (PMO).

Prithviraj Chavan

Prithviraj Chavan Profile Early Life and Political Career

A native of Indore, Madhya Pradesh, Prithviraj Chavan's permanent residence is at Satara, Maharashtra. Prithviraj's parents, Shri D.R.Chavan and Shrimati Premlabai Chavan, were both MPs from Karad, Maharashtra and his father, Shri D. R. Chavan, was a Cabinet Minister in Jawaharlal Nehru's Govt.

Prithviraj Chavan is highly educated, having graduated with a degree in B.E.(Hons) and later pursuing M.S. from the prestigious B.I.T.S., Pilani, Rajasthan as well as from the University of California, Berkeley, U.S.A. Prior to studying at Berkeley, Prithiviraj Chavan had earned a UNESCO fellowship to study in Germany.

Post graduation, Prithviraj Chavan took up a job for 3 years at Aerospace Industries and studied aircraft instrumentation as well as audio recorders designing for anti-submarine warfare. His fascination for all things electronic led to an establishment of an R&D and design lab for information technology on his return to India in 1974.

About a decade later, Prithiviraj Chavan was working on a unique program which would result in the computerisation of various Indian languages. It was at this time that destiny took a turn for the technologist. At around that time, Rajiv Gandhi had entered the political fray and was keen to get all land revenue records computerized. It was thus that Chavan crossed paths with Gandhi. Their initial meetings developed into strong bonds and they got along extremely well, so much so that Chavan was granted a ticket to contest the 1984 Elections from Karad. He won that election, thereby cementing his place on the political front.

Despite his reluctance, Chavan was persuaded by Rajiv Gandhi to continue to contest subsequent elections. He won practically all, except for the one held in 1999. It was in that year that the Congress Pary split up and Sharad Pawar set up his own independent party. Although Prithiviraj Chavan was not to become a minister in Narasimha Rao's government, he continued to learn the ropes. Farsighted that he was, Chavan was one of the few who understood Manmohan Singh's visions for reforms in the country. It was in April 2002 that Prithiviraj Chavan was elected to the Rajya Sabha. He had come a long way from being a member of the Indian National Congress way back in 1973!

As the main man in the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) of the Manmohan Singh Government, Prithivriaj Chavan has got the tag of "trouble-shooter" for his quiet but very efficient ways of dealing with problems and supporting the PM to the hilt.

Prithiviraj Chavan Personal Life

Prithiviraj Chavan married Satvasheela in December 1976. The couple have a son and a daughter.

Outside of computers and technological fields, Prithviraj Chavan is known to have a love for reading and sports. His varied sporting interests include cricket, tennis, badminton, table tennis, chess and golf and he is a member of the Gymkhana Club, New Delhi. In addition, he is a member of the India International Centre and the India Habitat Centre, both in New Delhi.

Prithiviraj Chavan: Will he be next Chief Minister of Maharashtra?

Prithiviraj Chavan is one of the frontrunners to take up the mantle of the new Chief Minsiter of Maharashtra. Will he be at the helm by tomorrow morning?

Click on the link below to know latest news updates if Prithiviraj Chavan is Maharashtra's new Chief Minister.


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